Mayday! Not only do you need to sell your home — which is pretty stressful in its own right – you need to get it done fast. Whatever your circumstances are, home selling in a hurry isn’t impossible. By following the steps below, you can be sure you’re putting your home in the best position to sell — and at a reasonable price.
1. Price it right.
When your goal is to sell your home fast, it’s imperative to research your neighborhood for homes that are comparably priced and collaborate with your real estate agent to come up with a number that makes the most sense for your situation. Keep in mind your home might not be worth the magic number you have in your head. You need to strike a right balance of getting it sold quickly at a price you’re content with.
2. Get a storage unit.
Plain and simple: Your home will likely show better with less stuff, particularly furniture. Box up everything you won’t be using in the near future, such as: décor, out-of-season clothing, books, and non-essential furniture. And since the goal is to sell your home fast, the hope is your storage unit won’t be a long-term expense. Plus, once it does get sold, you’ll have a good amount of belongings in one place and ready to be moved into your new home.
3. Take professional-level pictures.
The power of the internet is a very real thing when it comes to home selling. Hiring a photographer or using a high-end camera for pictures can be the difference between a buyer being excited to see your home or continuing to scroll on a home listing site or app. Great photos of your home will emphasize its features and mask its blemishes.
4. Depersonalize the space.
Even when you’re not in a hurry to get your home sold, depersonalizing is a key element to the process. Buyers want to envision themselves in the home and if there’s nothing but family photos and mementos around, they’re going to have a difficult time connecting with it. So, the quicker you remove items that personalize the house, the quicker it can get sold. May we suggest putting these things in a storage unit?
5. Boost your curb appeal in simple ways.
Obviously, time isn’t on your side to sell your home fast. That said, you can always find a few hours to liven up the exterior of your home — because it matters a great deal. Consider these easy home improvements that can go a long way in a buyer’s eyes:
- Put down new mulch
- Pressure wash the house
- Trim the bushes and hedges
- Add a fresh coat of paint to your shutters or doors
- Add flowers to the entryway
- Get rid of any cobwebs near the front door or garage
6. Be as flexible as possible.
The truth is, you’re going to have to make some sacrifices when you try to sell your home fast. This means saying yes to pretty much every showing request a buyer makes. Even if you’re in the middle of dinner and you, the family, and your dog need to be out of the house in 20 minutes. As much of a nuisance as it may be, scheduling around what’s best for the buyer will likely benefit you in the long run.
Though you can’t magically pull an eager and willing buyer out of a hat, you can do these necessary things to ensure your home is in a great position to sell quickly and at a reasonable price.
Once your home gets sold, the big move is next on your list. Download our free checklist to help you every step of the way — The Ultimate Moving Checklist: Before During, and After.